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National Kit Car Show, Stoneleigh Park

3th/4th May 2015

Report from Tony Tucker, Events Co-ordinator                                                        

Where were you?  Alright, the weather was very bad early on Sunday morning, but by late morning it was fine and Monday was sunny and dry (my neck got sunburned!) and we certainly could have expected a better turnout of club members. 

Last year saw a big improvement in attendance at Stoneleigh, but this year was back to 2013 levels, which was disappointing, given that we were holding the AGM and that this event is a good opportunity for members to get together in numbers.   It seems a long time ago that we used to get 25 to 35 members each day at this event, with a considerable number staying for a great evening at the Old Mill at Baginton on the Sunday night.

Rob Jones and I set off at 6am and drove through the most appalling conditions (wind, rain, fog, sleet and even a few hail-stones) all the way up the M40, in order to arrive in time to set up everything in the marquee before people started arriving.

But not a great number arrived!  We had 10 cars on Sunday and 8 on Monday (6 more members joining Rob and myself who had stayed overnight).  Admittedly, there were two other members present on Sunday, one being the loyal Ron Temperton, who still supports events despite the sale of his Spyder, and who arrived in his Jaguar.  The other was Technical Guru Len, who turned up in his.... er....Ferrari.  We decided to allow him on to our display area, on the grounds that the weather provided a possible excuse for leaving the Speedster at home - but Len’s reputation as a hard man, prepared to drive open-topped in almost any conditions, has definitely suffered!


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Best in Show award went to Frank Iannotta for his splendid red Speedster, with Fuchs alloy wheels and many fine aspects of detailing.  He was delighted to receive the famous salver, returned by last year’s winner, Gary Ambidge, who was present again this year.

Several new members were signed up during the day and we had a surprising number of enthusiasts ask us about building or buying Speedsters or Spyders (yet again, there were no Spyders present, which was a shame, because there were several people wanting to look at one and discuss building a kit).

Over in the main halls, Peter Bailey was surprised at the amount of interest in his cars, despite his fears that the weather might have reduced the attendance.  He had two lovely cars, red and gold, on display.

The AGM was held in the afternoon, but only 10 members were present, which meant that we were unable to get the range of views and opinions that help in planning future activities.  We did discuss events, however, and, having already reduced the number that we attend, we agreed to plan for something along the lines of a rally or weekend event next year.  Several members expressed their wish to recreate the overnight events that were enjoyed at Sidcot and, two years ago, at Wellesbourne.  This topic is often brought up, but it is notable that no-one, except Rob and myself, have taken the opportunity to stay overnight at Stoneleigh in the last two years.

The evening in the Old Mill was always good fun and Rob and I enjoyed ourselves this year, spending some time at the bar with Peter and Viv Bailey, before a meal and bottle of Rioja.

Monday saw five more Speedsters join Rob and myself, plus a fine plastic-bodied Karmann Ghia “kit car”, complete with scale replica!  The sun shone all day and the journey home was made in weather which contrasted markedly with that of the journey up to Stoneleigh a day earlier!

I think that those who came to Stoneleigh enjoyed a very good event and it was good to see many old friends again.  Perhaps we can get more members to come and enjoy it next year – hopefully some will stay overnight and make a great weekend of it!

Tony Tucker
Events Co-ordinator 

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